Encyclopedia of Gun Control and Gun Rights

Encyclopedia of Gun Control and Gun Rights

by Glenn H. Utter
     
 

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With public perception of gun violence at an all-time high, the Encyclopedia of Gun Control and Gun Rights is the perfect resource for any library. Providing 300-plus entries of in-depth coverage (each entry is from 700 to 1,000 words), this encyclopedia is exceptional for its unbiased approach to this controversial issue. Arranged in an A-Z format with

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With public perception of gun violence at an all-time high, the Encyclopedia of Gun Control and Gun Rights is the perfect resource for any library. Providing 300-plus entries of in-depth coverage (each entry is from 700 to 1,000 words), this encyclopedia is exceptional for its unbiased approach to this controversial issue. Arranged in an A-Z format with numerous cross-references, this encyclopedia is especially easy to use.

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This book's fairness toward all shades of opinion recommend it for school, academic, and public libraries. - Choice

The entries are balanced and well written, include photographs and charts….For those seeking a reference work in the debate on firearms regulation, this book would be a good choice. - Library Journal

This will be a useful source for students as it provides a wealth of information, is basically objective, and is readily accessible in terms of ease-of-use and writing style….Recommended. - Book Report

…this resource calls attention to diversity in the world and enhances an understanding of it….ethnic groups are set in boldface type, making them easy to find….excellent index….A useful tool for reports and to foster greater ethnic awareness and sensitivity to the issues. - School Library Journal

…provides helpful analysis for users who would otherwise have to research a variety of sources to gather the same information….The book's introduction adds significant value by discussing topics such as enthnocentrism, stereotyping, ethnic politics, indigenous rights movements, immigration, and assimilation. The index is very detailed allowing the user to locate, as examples, information on Croats in Sweden or Evangelical Christians in Kuwait. - Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin

The current title is a relatively inexpensive compromise between the two and is recommended for all libraries. - MultiCultural Review

The data, and there is plenty of data, is absorbed into prose descriptions, which are refreshingly brief, readable and well-presented with good sub-headings and use of bold type for group names. Overall the book is a masterly and orderly compilation with even the complexities of Russia and the USA resolved. - Library Review

…a judicious and useful guide to the current controversy….Professor Utter does an excellent job getting at the specifics of the debate over gun regulation, providing information on the key issues, players, and organizations, as well as several recent high-profile shootings. The reader who spends time with this volume will be rewarded with a wealth of information. - H-Net Reviews

…unbiased commentary on the laws, court decisions and political turning points in the debate makes it a valuable resource….it clarifies more than it obscures, which in these dark times is about the most you can ask for in a book about the right to bear arms. - Liberty

A valuable source of the viewpoints and activities of organizations, indivdiduals, and governments (U.S. and international) involved in either gun rights or gun control….The text provides ample statistics. Cross-reference to related entries appear at ends of entries, as do suggestions for further reading….Utter describes all views honestly and without judgmental language or labels. The best way to demonstrate the author's objectivity is that his personal position, if he has one, is impossible to discern….A comparable encyclopedic work could not be found. This work is strongly recommended for all libraries: academic, law, public, and junior and high school. - American Reference Books Annual

…a valuable resource for many audiences….an excellent springboard for college students and others who wish to do further study on these issues….the ^IEncyclopedia of Gun Control and Gun Rights^R can fill many needs for school, public, and academic libraries. Author Glenn Utter should be commended for the work he has done. - Journal of Government Information

Library Journal
Utter (political science, Lamar Univ.; Campaign and Election Reform) has written a comprehensive listing of the court cases, personalities, laws, and groups involved in the regulation of guns. The book begins with an essay on the issues in the gun-control battle and a short guide to the court cases and groups involved, placing them in the opposing camps. The entries, which are balanced and well written, include photographs and charts. Following each listing are titles or cases for further reading. Appendixes include state versions of the Second Amendment, a table of state gun-control rules, and a listing of organizations with interests in gun regulation or rights. Finally, there is a chronology of significant events in firearms history, such as major laws, court cases, and the Littleton, CO, shootings. For those seeking a reference work in the debate on firearms regulation, this book would be a good choice. It does not work as an introduction to the subject, however, because the introductory essay, while excellent, does not provide a historical overview or tie into the entries. For research libraries.--Harry Charles, Attorney-at-Law, St. Louis Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
Booknews
From (former president of Handgun Control, Inc.) to (law, U. of California at Berkeley), Utter (political science, Lamar U., Beaumont, Texas) provides some 300 entries on US firearm issues, legislation, court cases, and debaters. Included is an introductory essay with statistics on gun production, imports, and growth in federal gun laws, and b&w photos of key gun control advocates and foes. Appends state constitutional gun rights provisions; statutory and constitutional provisions relating to the purchase, ownership, and use of firearms; a list of relevant organizations; and a chronology spanning the colonial militia to current events. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781573561723
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/08/1999
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
7.24(w) x 10.30(h) x 1.18(d)
Lexile:
1390L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

GLENN H. UTTER is professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, where he has taught since 1969. His areas of instruction include American government and politics and classical and contemporary political thought. Dr. Utter received his B.A. in political science from the State University of New York at Binghamton, his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and his M.A. in philosophy from the University of London (Bedford College). He has served as the manuscript reviewer of two political science journals. Dr. Utter has authored the books Campaign and Election Reform, and The Religious Right: A Reference Handbook, and edited American Political Scientists: A Dictionary. He is also the author of numerous articles and book chapters.

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